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Okorocha sacks IMSU VC


Imo State Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha has relieved the vice chancellor of Imo State University (IMSU), Professor Bertrand Nwoke. The sacking of the vice chancellor late Wednesday evening might not be unconnected with the seeming disagreement the vice chancellor, had with Governor Okorocha on the administration of the state university, especially as regards the free education policy of the state government.

Daily Sun gathered that the embattled vice chancellor who was immediately replaced by the former National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof Ukachukwu Awuzie, had demanded among other things improved funding of the state university, especially in the area of infrastructural development and to make money available to put the necessary things in place for the full accreditation of the courses of some of the departments. Daily Sun equally learnt that the Prof Nwoke had also been at loggerheads with the government over its refusal to regularize his appointment.

A senior lecturer in the university, who spoke with Daily Sun on the condition of anonymity, stated that the sacked VC had been locked in a running battle with the state governor, who had refused to regularize his appointment, despite calls from ASUU, noting that the overbearing interference of the government in the running of the institution. According to him, “this is the second vice chancellor of IMSU to be sacked by Okorocha and it is not healthy for the system.” t

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  1. Ethelbert Opara November 23, 2012 at 9:12 am

    The University should be allowed some independence and autonomy for it to perform excellently.

  2. Ken November 23, 2012 at 9:14 am

    That is politic and Nigeria for you

  3. C josef November 23, 2012 at 10:12 am

    This is the peoples Governor in action. Please my people tell me where the people of Imo state benefit from this inhuman action of the Governor.Rochas should not run the state like his personal property.We are watching.

  4. Steve November 23, 2012 at 10:47 am

    So sad to hear this.

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  6. Emeka November 23, 2012 at 11:02 am

    IMSU is besieged with so many problems, most prominent among them is its location. The state capital in which it is located is saturated with all the five or so tertiary academic institutions in the state located in and around it. IMSU’s teaching hospital at Orlu admits just a few students a year, hence must not be equated to a full university that admits more than a thousand candidates a year. Imo state needs to locate IMSU in Ogboko as planned, and have its engineering faculty anywhere in Okigwe zone, and if push comes to a shove, it may establish a mini faculty of IMSU somewhere in Aboh-Mbaise/Ngor Okpalla, from where a new university can spring up any time when needed. What is worth doing is worth doing well. It’s no point letting people getting crossed against one another over the permanent location of IMSU.

    • CJ November 23, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      The identifies permanent site for Owerri zone is Aboh Mbaise. It is not saturated. Why can’t he build that campus first before building the one he wants in his village?

      He is denying Owerri zone and Okigwe zone their fair rights. The same problem Igbos complain at the centre, Igbo governors fail to demonstrate the equity in their states. He is continuing from where Achike stopped. But he will in the fullness of time reflect with regret these his actions.

  7. Malcolmx November 23, 2012 at 11:15 am

    He who pays the piper dictate the tune,the sacked vc should have exercise patience and face the work he’s assigned to do.Well done Mr Governor,anything that you do and belief it’s right,people like us will continue to support you!

    • pcn November 23, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      Emeka what has the sacking of vc got to do with site of the university, y won’t rochas stick to the old arrangement of orlu (teaching hospital) okigwe (engineering) and owerri social sciences and admin. Ohakim got a site in abo/opkoala y did he not site it there. 4 u malcomx so people like u still exist in this develop world, hw could u because u like somebody u can’t acknowledge his mistakes, wake-up, sacking of the vc is bad pls don’t be sentimental here.

      • Emeka November 23, 2012 at 4:15 pm

        Did you understand my comment? Owerri and its surburbs are saturated with all the five or so tertiary institutions in Imo state. IMSUTH is no where an equivalent to a real university because it admits just about a handful of students a year. Owerri zone derives so much proximity advantage from having all the tertiary institutions in Imo state in it, at the expense of Orlu and Okigwe areas. So what is wrong with having IMSU at Orlu zone, in Ogboko, and the engineering faculty anywhere in Okigwe zone? In any case, IMSG can even convert the Specialist hospital at Umuguma to IMSUTH and the IMSUTH now at Orlu becomes the Specialist hospital, provided the government leaves IMSU in Ogboko or any other location in Orlu zone. Allow Orlu people get education at cheaper cost as Owerri people have been having it all the 36 years since Imo state was created, please.

        • Hon. Chibuzo November 23, 2012 at 8:21 pm

          I hate it when people make baseless arguments. what you said is not in any way connected to the issue been discussed. Politics and Education has a very weak correlation, hence they should be separated. Gov, Rochas is a good governor who has the interest of the masses at hand as can be seen in his policies but he should also note that resources are limited to pursue all those goals. He should pick the ones that wont cost the state much financial burden especially else Imo state will be among the most indebted state in Nigeria by the time he must have completed his tenure. He should not allow his ambitions to ruin the state.

          • Emeka November 24, 2012 at 12:14 am

            The discussion is on IMSU as well as its acting VC. What I said is not too far removed from the issue at stake. Problem is that for years in Imo state, many , including perhaps you and pcn here, love evasion of reality: Imo needs to be a state for Imolites, not a state for the benefit of a few in and around its capital.

  8. Senator E. Uzo November 23, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    This is “Free education” palaver in action .

  9. esquire November 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    If d Govnor insists on his free education policy, who is d v.c. 2 hold him back? Its all 4 d betterment of d state. Hence, d Govnor should b allowed 2 work. If GEJ is this action packed, Nigeria would have been a better place 2day. This is a welcome development.

  10. sampson monday November 23, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Malcolmx u people support arrogant people should pls be careful when it comes to the issue of education educaation. any good thinking individual who knows the worth of quality education will always vote for quality education and not free education, free education (which is not bad although) is not what nigerians and imo in particularly need but standard education. pls governor okorocha university is not secondary or primary school but a place where serious business is done. even the developed countries they go for quality education first before thinking of free education (if they ever do) at tertiary education level. [email protected]

  11. Nwachukwu Phil November 23, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Governor well done

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  13. fortunatus November 23, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    My dear, whatever that is good for the people of the state should be done. I dont care what people say, who ever that does not need the progress of the state will not live to see the state progressing. Ride on my Governor, we need eradication of kidnappers, armed rubbers and car snatchers pls put more effort on that.

  14. Deca November 23, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Congrats, Prof Ukachukwu Awuzie. Action ASUU President!

  15. BRO. CHRIS NKEM November 23, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Due to the politice in Imo state presently, it is very difficult to conclude any judgement for who is right and wrong, either the governor or the vc. This is because the local government matter vs the governor, the Ohakiha saga and the pdp issue in the state, all these aforementioned makes the matter so complex that one do not know on whom to blame. However, my advice to all the above mentioned interest groups and the governor is to be careful in dealing with the matter affecting against the progress of Imo state in general. God can only dwell where peace reigns and remember that the HOUSE that divide it’s self can’t stand. Governor Rochas Okorocha, i do not belief that you will allow your position to earn you some of the negative names some people are given to you in the pages of Newspapers. My advice to our governor is to remain focused and concetrate in doing the right thing as to move Imo state forward, but anything short of this to me, will confirm the negative names probably your enemies are giving you. Make sure you are on the rihgt side in all you do and leave the rest for posterity to judge. GOD BLESS IMO STATE, SOUTHEAST ZONE AND THE NIGERIANS FROM OTHER ZONES THAT HATE THE MARGINALISATION OF SOUTHEAST ZONE IN NIGERIA.

  16. Ejiofor777 November 23, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    My Gov, Please do the needful at all times, also do listen to the people you lead as well, God bless IMO State and all the good people in Nigeria Amen. Our Able Gov please remembers Amaigbo Town too.

  17. chuks November 23, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Rochas Okorocha please softly,softly. Don’t drag too much problems at once to yourself. Tertiary institution is not secondary or primary school. Do not graduate block heads in the name of free education. Ask Lagos State during the time of Alhaji Lateef Jakande. Even the richest country in the world do not apply free education at the tertiary level. How much does Imo state have as a state. Where will you generate the fund to sustain this exercise. Don’t deceive any body. You are taking the people of Imo State on a suicide mission, either point of no return.

    • GodFada November 23, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      I understand that you are speaking from the dictates of ur coscience, but I think that Imo state can afford it. Were you not among those who said that every Nigerian can be paid without working and there will still be remnants in the treasury. Politics or no politics, this free education will help lots of people. With this Free education, the VC may not be able to steal money.

      • Hon. Chibuzo November 23, 2012 at 8:29 pm

        My man education is not sachet water you can freely buy or dashed. Instead of free education, the governor can introduce educational loan scheme where people who seriously want to go to school will obtain loan to read and pay back when they start working. This issue of free education will bring abuses in the system as unserious ones will flood our schools and drop out when they feel they cant continue knowing that they lost nothing.

  18. BlessedUC November 23, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I dnt support free education in tertiary institution. This z 4 quallity education

  19. Innocent Maduka Okoro November 23, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    If the VC is right let him seek employment opportunity elsewhere and stop this campaign of Calumny he has embarked now to destroy the image of Rochas Okorocha by his sympathisers.

  20. eze November 23, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    And stop saying bad things against the governor

  21. chinaka gabriel November 23, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Rie on my able govnor,but dnt 4get the pentionears…oooooooo

  22. chinaka gabriel November 23, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Ride on my able govnor,but dnt 4get the pentionears…oooooooo

  23. Chief Udunze November 23, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    If you know the quality of that VC, you will know that Rochas has murdered credibility.

  24. Ugo Ahums November 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I weep 4 my imo! i weep 4 d young illitrate graduates of my state who hold some crude views like ‘whatever rochas does is good’, ‘rochas is always right’. they scream out excitedly ‘carry on owelle!’ even when he’s evidently off d track n headed towards self destruction. i weep 4 d man i love, rochas -sycophants, praise-singers, educated illitrates idiots, thieves, everywhere, all around him! …n he’s enjoying their company n praise-singing! i weep 4 me n myself-cos i made boast of him! owelle pls retrace ur steps cos i can’t bear d shame!

  25. Common man November 23, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    There is enough for all our needs but not for our greed. Let’s educate ourselves and reduce the societal vices whatever the quality and whether or not it will jeopardize our own ‘cambridge’ qualifications. Am sure that is the angle okorocha is coming from so anything contrary cannot hold. If we are thinking like the missionaries dat gave their all to see that our fathers were educated,lecturers will not be only out for money and there will be no need for the prisons we are living inside today in the name of house.let’s tackle ignorance and every other thing will fall in place. 0’b

  26. kenedy November 23, 2012 at 5:10 pm


  27. prince mez November 23, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Pls let there be peace in imo state for GOD sake

  28. chuzzy November 23, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Is only God dat will deliver us

  29. RICHARDSON November 23, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    In this Governor I see nothing but arrogance. Yet some people in Imo state still fail to see with the rest of us… Shocking!

  30. Isaac Ama November 23, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    The Imo State Governor is fraudulent.
    How does he hope to fund free education at the Tertiary level? Not even America or the UK can sustain that.
    Also the academia should be independent.
    The IMSU Governing council should be allowed to perform it is duties. Rochas may be a successful bizman and politician but the academic world is a different sphere altogether.
    Rochas, stop playing to the gallery!

  31. Buchi Nwanguma November 23, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    The truth shall set us free.

  32. Goodwill Oleka November 23, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    The sacked VC deserved what he go, he has been a stumbling block on the issue of free education, by creating unnecessary fees in disguised to the aspiration of the people’s Governor. How can free education hamper the quality education? In south west, they achieved quality education under free education, all the big shots in Government today in South West benefited from free education, In Ondo state the lest qualify person there is a Doctor degree holders, in Ekiti state, the same thing, why can’t we be honest for ones. My prayer is for God to continue to guide Governor Okorocha for he is on the right part. God bless Imo state.

  33. Precious November 23, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    We regret votin 4 rochas. We need quality education not free education. IMSU’S Administration is nt 2 write home about even students that didnt take d Utme Exam ‘re been offered admission to d detriment of those who did! Nawa 4 imo oo! Bad leadership 2 d highest degree!

  34. Ment November 23, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    I have been respecting this governor of Imo ,state Rochas Okorocha but this his single act has portrayed who he is – a dictator. I am advicing prof.Ukachukwu Awuzie not to take over the office for his own interest or unless he wants to be the governor’s stooge.

  35. AKALIA AMOS C November 23, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    congrats my action man. mentor and lecturer PROF ARC. UKACHUKWU AWUZIE. God wil continue to promote you. 4rom architecture students ANSU

  36. ug November 23, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    this is definitely a journey of no return for Imolites. Owelle, pls consider our people and let peace reign in the land. Dont be overbearing on the Imsu VC, remember, God will judge every man according to his works and no sinner goes unpunished.

  37. Great Joe November 23, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Pls let d governor allow stable leadership to reign in IMSU. Education Mgt should b trusted in d hands of d Educationists.

  38. Ernest November 23, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Pls,Nigerians,free education posible at all levels of edu.& gvt. If our politicians & public ofice holders can cut down their lootn & mismanagement of funds. Aah! It is posible,even to send all abroad to studay.

  39. tony November 23, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    The vc does not ve the will power to fight monsters in get admission u pay 100,200,300,400 thousand naira as bribe depending on the coures ,sorting of coures is on increase,lecturals sleep with their students to pass them,cult activities is no go area,their school of engineering is a mockery engineering profession,no lab ,no workshop, yet NUC went accredicted it.the list is endless yet u ve someboby there as VC nonses.ask any student there they will tell u this is not politice ,is all about our future.may God ve mercy on us!!!

  40. humphrey November 23, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Will like to read from both sides (not from 3rd-hand), before going to the prints. Sure most people do not know what is going on in Imo State or that they deliberately write deflected information.

  41. omoniger66 November 23, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    If the VC was sacked because of his inability to run the university and corruption I welcome it. I was reliably informed that you would part with between 80,000 and 100,000 thousand Naira before you are admitted into the university. I called a dean of one the faculties to get insight about their admission policy. He explained the rules of the game – there are two types of admission. One is on merit (less than one thousand students) and two is political merit (may be about four thousand slots for the highest bidders) This is your Imo state university.

  42. The Truth November 23, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    In all honesty and sincerity, Our Able governor Rochas missed at it this time. We all fought to have him won the election against all odds.
    The issue is that the V.C is a child of God that has vowed to keep to his standard in faith without compromise, as he is much more interested in life after here on earth than worldly positions. he was instructed by the Governor to rob peter to pay paul under the guise of free education and as well sack some staffs of the institution in order to save more money to aid the free education and the V.C asked for what would he sack people that have been working for more than 10 years in the university for just no cause,

    And the Governor in his quest to achieve his aim pulled the trigger on the V.C without notice rather than radio announcement. And to show the humanity in the life of this V.C, on getting to hear about his sack, He in less than 1 hours of the radio announcement packed out of the office and went back to his former office by it is obvious it is a political thing than result oriented.

    lets pray for God to give us people like the V.C who can not compromise his faith.Thus our Able Governor did the wrong thing because this is the only V.C that is loved by all and when appointed him everybody applauded him for fishing out the right person for the position.. For benefit of that, please keep your fire and allow this new V.C commence work and see what will eventually happen.I rest my case here…

  43. Urch November 24, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Pple are busy making baseless accusations against d vc and d governor. From what i read, d reason 4 d sack was not specified, it was predicted. Pls wait 4 d details b4 u crucify. Pls learn how to read newspapers.

  44. Aburi we STAND November 24, 2012 at 9:40 am

    It is quite unfortunate, the Imo House of Assembly if they are still existing should match the ROUGEJAS break pedal before he drives the entire State to an “end of no solution” with his rickety car!!!

  45. Aburi we STAND November 24, 2012 at 9:40 am

    It is quite unfortunate, the Imo House of Assembly if they are still existing should match the ROUGEJAS break pedal before he drives the entire State to an “end of no solution” with his rickety car.

  46. Paschal E November 24, 2012 at 9:42 am

    My dear Gov , i support u mostly when u notice any imminent sabotage against your adminstration and u deal with them , may GOD HELP YOU IN JESUS NAME .

  47. benson tamino November 24, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    No wonder our former said imolites are illitrates. Imolites are not exposed at all I wonder if majority of these praise have travelled out of the country before how can a half baked graduate that calls himself a governor be deceiving you people and stil u find it difficult to identify the truth. He wants to turn imo state university to state primary school were they learn nothing and people are clapping hand for him. Sorry imolites

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